Adventure 40: ICYMI June 2020

July 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I spent a lot of June wandering around close to home, and thought I'd share some of the random images I captured along the way.  First some miscellaneous water photos.  At the beginning of the month we had some nice rains, and the local streams were high.

This guy played in the creek for quite some time.

I am working on a whole series of what I call 'watercolors', and this one may make it to the collection.

The Sinnemahoning Creek was gorgeous - it warrants a return trip.

And with the (rain and) warmer weather, the flowers were spectacular this year.  

Forget me nots are one of my favorites

And I finally got so spend a decent amount of time searching for the Pennsylvania state flower (Mountain Laurel).  I managed to get out as it was starting to bloom, spend a day which I think might have been the peak bloom, and then again searching for late bloomers!

We did some more landscaping, and the following two pictures are my current favorites from what we planted.

I don't know what it is about this flower, but in a huge field of wildflowers, this next one stood out to me as perfection.

And then, there were walks on trails.  This was in Sizerville State Park.

And we found this view on a 3 mile trail in one of the state forests.

I ran in to some critters in my travels.  I wasn't alone the first evening I went to look for mountain laurel.

First time seeing a Luna moth for me.  Such beautiful detail (the wingspan across was approximately 4").

I am thinking in this picture the moth was sleeping under the flower petals.

This blue heron wasn't bothered by me.  Of course I keep my distance.

We went to check out a wildlife viewing area one evening for elk (specifically looking for bulls in velvet), but all we found were deer.

I haven't gotten into identifying insects for the most part, but loved the color on this bug!

And then a few more miscellaneous finds.  There is a sculpture/arboretum garden close by, and this particular sculpture catches my attention every time I go there.  

We've had a number of great sunsets ... I'm not so great at positioning myself where I'd like to be to photograph them though.  This next photo was on an evening where dark storm clouds were rolling in in one direction, clearing where the sun was setting, and clear pastels to the east.

I rarely take moon photos anymore, but it was just so clear the evening I shot this.

 

I have some travel planned for July, and hoping my travel plans don't happen at the same time the wild rhododendron blooms in the local forest areas. 

All photographs were taken with a Canon or 6D or 6DM2 with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM or Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 DG Macro HSM

I have some travel planned for July, and hoping my travel plans don't happen at the same time the wild rhododendron blooms in the local forest areas. 
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